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February Nature Journal

"A calm of pleasure listens round
And almost whispers winter bye
While fancy dreams of summer sounds
And quiet rapture fills the eye"

Stanza from "February" by John Clare

(Photo of Bridget, courtesy of Jonathan Deputy)

Here in the south, Spring has already donned her ethereal veils,
so we've had much to keep us busy in our nature sketchbooks during the past month!

(Photo courtesy of Jonathan Deputy)

The birds have been putting on a great show for us with their wooing and nest building these last couple of weeks, and they've given us abundant inspiration for our February journal spreads!

(You can find our pages for January and some tips for starting a nature sketchbook here.)


Brittany's Sketchbook

(Pictured above: Brittany's Pages for February)

 I think my favorite part about this month's spread might just be the heron silhouetted against those purples and blues! We spotted it flying during a sunset walk a few weeks ago, and I love seeing it in my sketchbook.

(Pictured above: Brittany's pages for January)

I also thought I'd go ahead and share January's spread as well,
because I didn't have my pages finished in time for last month's post
Bridget's Sketchbook

(Pictured above: Bridget's Pages for February)

 "The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off - and they are nearly always doing it.”

- Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

I ended up filling two spreads for February since there was so much blooming.
I adored painting all the cheeky birds and they put on quite a show for me, especially when they knew I was sketching! But I think my favorite bird to paint was the shy and elusive Downy Woodpecker.

I ended up running out of my sheet of book paper that I've been pasting into my sketchbook, and, alas, I discovered that I seemed to have misplaced the rest of the book! 
It took a bit of searching to find a book I was willing to rip up in the right shade of paper (continuity is key in a project like this 😂). My woes soon came to an end when I discovered a dictionary that was missing it's cover. 
I am now thoroughly amusing myself by looking up definitions that match what I'm painting.

So that's a wrap for our February nature journal spreads! As we bid farewell to February, we're looking forward to capturing a bit of March's beauty with our brushes, and can't wait to share it with you all next month.


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